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Elephant 'saved' by Paul McCartney still badly abused

By Scott Tuttle     Mar 28, 2014 in World
Mumbai - According to recent video footage captured by the animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), an elephant ex-Beatle Paul McCartney believed to have once saved was shown to still suffer severe abuse.
During a 2012 trip to India, Sir Paul McCartney encountered Sunder the elephant at Jyotiba Temple south of Mumbai. The 14-year-old elephant had been donated to the temple six years prior by a local Indian politician.
The ex-Beatle promptly noted the obvious signs of abuse as the animal had multiple scars, a hole in his ear, and an injured eye. Disturbed by the sight, McCartney initiated a campaign for the elephant's rescue.
McCartney believed he had saved the animal from his abusive handlers after striking a deal with Maharashtra State’s forest department and Project Elephant, an Indian governmental organization, to have Sunder moved to a sanctuary. Unfortunately, further investigation by PETA revealed that Sunder was merely moved to a chicken shack where he has arguably received even worse treatment than before.
The disturbing video footage shows a very malnourished Sunder being beaten mercilessly. PETA's director of veterinary affairs, Dr. Manilal Valliyate, describes Sunder as “writhing in pain and struggling to stand as the mahout (handler) strikes him repeatedly. Sunder visibly recoils in fear from the weapon-wielding mahout, who continues to threaten him with violence after he has stood.”
Besides being shackled with chains heavy enough to prevent Sunder from laying down to sleep, the video reveals that his shack has no bedding. As the shack is open on three sides, Sunder faces the blistering sunlight during the day and the cold winds at night, making his living conditions beyond unreasonable.
Ironically, it was Indian social activist Mohandas Gandhi who was once quoted as saying "you can judge the morality of a nation by the way the society treats its animals."
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